Spoilers ahead for Avengers: Endgame.
The wait for Avengers: Endgame was a long one, especially after the wild events of Infinity War. The cast and crew were tasked with guarding Endgame's myriad plot twists, ensuring audiences got the full theatrical experience. These efforts largely paid off, and The Russo Brothers released the spoiler ban after two weekends in theaters.
With the ban lifted and Endgame currently in theaters for nearly two months, everyone has gotten chatty about the film's events. This includes Thor's plot line, and the surprising physical transformation he made. Thor gained weighed as a result of his depression and beer consumption, and Chris Hemsworth shared some hilarious footage of himself in the body suit. Specifically, playing Johnny Cash's "Hurt" to show the character's anguish.
Move over Logan, because "Hurt" has found another iconic superhero to be associated with. While Hugh Jackman's final go as Wolverine used the Johnny Cash track in its marketing material, you can't beat Thor singing and playing along to the emotional ballad from his place in New Asgard. So big ups to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon for sharing it with us.
Thor's transformation and depression was definitely a plot twist no one saw coming, and his appearance was one of the biggest sight gags in Avengers: Endgame's first half. Thor was struggling with the guilt he felt about not aiming for Thanos' head in Infinity War, which ultimately resulted in half the population being snapped out of existence. And his only way of coping has been letting all of his former priorities go.
In fact, Thor was unable to even hear Thanos' name when Rocket and Banner tracked him down after the time jump. The Avengers needed the God of Thunder in order to make the Time Heist happen, but it took some convincing. Chris Hemsworth's character was busy wallowing in his self-loathing, and drinking himself into a stupor. Luckily, Rocket had beer on board The Milano.
Chris Hemsworth isn't typically associated with his musical prowess, but "Hurt" was a hilariously perfect song choice to pick for Thor in Avengers: Endgame. Johnny Cash's melody is haunting, and it's a song often used in media to represent a character at their rocket bottom. That was certainly the case for the character in Endgame, although he was able to overcome his self-hatred after a conversation with his mother, and helping to finally rid the world of Thanos once and for all.
It should be interesting to see what comes next for Thor. While Chris Hemsworth's contract with Marvel Studios is up, the character made it out of Endgame alive and well. He seemingly joined the Guardians of the Galaxy during the film's end, leaving New Asgard to Valkyrie. So both Thor 4 and a possible role in Guardians 3 don't seem out of the question. We'll just have to wait and see.
You can catch Thor in Avengers: Endgame now. Be sure to check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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